Armeline Jeanette Spain, 93, passed away Monday, Aug. 17 at Sunrise Retirement Community after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Funeral services are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel. Visitation at Mater Dei Nativity Church will be 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Funeral mass Friday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Mater Dei Nativity Church. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Kingsley, Iowa immediately following the funeral.
Armeline was born Dec. 28, 1926, to Dr. Paul and Ellen (Ryan) Becker of Osmond, Neb. She graduated from Osmond High School in 1944. She attended Wayne State College earning a teaching certificate. She taught school in Kinglsey, Iowa. She met her husband, Marcedes Max Spain, in Kinglsey and they were united into marriage Nov. 25, 1948 in Osmond, Neb. Max passed away March 25, 2005.
Max’s job took them to Holstein, Iowa; Eagle Grove, Iowa; and then to Sioux City, Iowa in 1962 where they raised their six children. After the youngest went to school, Armeline entered the workforce. She was employed for two years for Dr. Cecil Bliss, DDS and then was employed for 29 years at Drs. Roberts, Kissel & Mitchell retiring in 1992. She was on several boards with the Boys and Girls Home. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband visiting their children and grandchildren and attending Max’s Navy reunions.
Even after Alzheimer’s robbed her of so many things, her love of playing the piano never left her. Armeline was an amazing cook and she will be remembered for her fabulous cinnamon rolls and her beautiful knitted afghans.
Those left to cherish her memories are her five daughters: Michelle Spain of Gunnison, Colo.; Roxanne and Steve Mitchell of Parker, Colo.; Paula Spain of Aurora, Colo.; Patrice and Don Carlson of Denver, Colo., and Maureen and Jim Waite of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Her four grandchildren: Erin and Ryan Ruiz of Colorado City, Colo.; Amanda Mitchell of Parker, Colo.; Christopher Mitchell of Amsterdam; and Katie Waite of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Angie and Peter Apple of Ankeny, Iowa. Her three great-grandchildren: Zachery, Desiree and Gloriana Ruiz. One brother, Cletus Becker of Norfolk, Neb., brother-in-law Patrick and Gail Spain of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max; her infant daughter, Mary Ellen; her son, Mark; her parents Dr. Paul and Ellen Becker; her sister, Colleen Wagner; her brother, Dr. Clement Becker; and her infant grandson Adam Moser Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Pat Becker, Tim Becker, Dr. Phil Becker, Roger Wagner, Ryan Ruiz and Zachery Ruiz.
The family would like to thank our mother’s caregivers especially Lynn, Lisa and Andrea from Synergy Home Care; the staff at Sunrise Retirement Center especially the caregivers in the Bayberry, Bernstein and Evergreen Units; and Hospice of Siouxland.